Our Dean, Professor Antony Morgan, welcomed researchers from Norway, Portugal, Spain and Romania on to campus in June, to take forward the SALUD initiative.
The aim is to Strengthen Adolescent Life skills through sense of Unity and individual Drive to improve mental well-being, increase engagement in community and advance essential and valued life skills.
All participants including the Dean are members of the World Health Organisation Health Behaviour in School Aged Children study (www.hbsc.org ) set up 30 years ago to explore and understand the ways in the context of young people’s lives can impact on their ability to secure health and wellbeing.
The study collects data in over 40 European countries and North America every 4 years about adolescent well-being, health related behaviours, family and school life and their socio-economic environment. Researchers in the 400 strong network cover a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, epidemiology, education and public health.
The visit to GCU London provided an opportunity to finalise a proposal for funding to implement a mixed method intervention initiative in 13 countries.
The intervention employs a range of programmes and initiatives to empower adolescents to better cope with pressing societal challenges such as migration, climate change, and unstable economies.
Central to its delivery is the active involvement of youth and other stakeholders in the planning development implementation and evaluation of the University.
- Professor Adriana Baban, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
- Professor Margarida Gaspar Matos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
- Professor Oddrun Samdal, University of Bergen, Norway
- Professor Bente Wold, University of Bergen, Norway
- Professor Carmen Moreno, University of Seville, Spain
Professor Antony Morgan said “It was a great opportunity to be working with HBSC colleagues again.
“Being part of this 400 strong research network brings with it hard work, enthusiasm and rewards.
“Rewards for us and I sincerely hope for the young people that help us to gather data about what makes them healthy, happy and successful.”